Baby Dedication

At Crow River we believe that children are a gift from God. We want to love children as Jesus did. Children are a high priority and are greatly valued here at Crow River.


Learn more about Baby Dedication below.

Learn More about Baby Dedication

WHAT IS A BABY DEDICATION?


The definition of dedication is a setting apart or being set apart for a sacred purpose.


A Baby Dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your family and your church. The dedication service provides you, the parents, the opportunity to express publically your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child to love God and others.


Baby dedication is not baptism. Baptism has to do with belief in Christ and repentance of sin and public confession of faith and commitment to Jesus.


WHY DO WE DEDICATE CHILDREN?


We dedicate children for their blessing and our encouragement, following the example of godly parents in the Bible. They publicly dedicated their children to God, because they understood that God had entrusted their children to their care. As a church, it is a joyful opportunity to publicly recognize a child as a gift from God and to stand with the parents to raise their child up for God, as He gives them grace.


The Bible tells us that Hannah dedicated Samuel with these words, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:27-28).


Mary and Joseph presented Jesus back to God in an act of worship and dedication, “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:22-40). We want to see this blessing be true for your child too.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DEDICATING CHILDREN?


The act of dedicating a child to God was a common practice in Old and New Testament times. As believers in Christ, we dedicate children for many of the same reasons. 


Baby Dedication is:


+A joyful opportunity for parents to acknowledge God’s incredible blessing of children as a gift from God. Psalm 127:3


+A formal recognition that the child belongs to God. Psalm 24:1


+A public commitment on the part of the parents and body of Christ to teach God’s Word and encourage them in their spiritual development.


WHEN CAN I DEDICATE MY CHILD TO GOD? IS THERE A SPECIFIC AGE?


Crow River encourages baby/child dedication for children ages 3 and under. 



WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP? 


That’s the easy part! We have several baby dedications throughout the year here at Crow River. Just email Pastor Aaron.